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A Summer Amongst the Bocages and the Vines - Louisa Stuart Costello

1840 - Richard Bentley, London - First Edition
‘Normandy is allowed to be one of the most beautiful and moist cultivated parts of France; a fact which no one can feel any inclination to dispute, who, leaving the clean and lively port of Southampton, takes his passage in summer weather to Havre, and lands at that bustling town, amidst the screaming of innumerable parrots and the noise and clamour of French commissionaires.

Costello’s charming narrative of her ‘continental summer tour’ in France, featuring four full-page lithographs, including frontispieces, and numerous in text wood engravings. Beginning in Havre, Costello’s journey takes her through Normandy, Brittany, Nantes, the Loire, Paris and Rouen.

‘Well informed, easy to read, and cheerfully inviting, her books did the early days of tourism a great service by recommending simple itineraries with plenty of historical and topographical interest. It wasn’t long before Mr. Cook’s clients were bustling all over France and beyond, armed with Miss Costello’s good advice’ - Jane Robinson,
Wayward Women. 
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These Were The Hours - Nancy Cunard, Hugh Ford

1969 - Southern Illinois University Press, Carbondale and Edwardsville - First Edition
A fine, bright copy of celebrated muse, poet, and activist Nancy Cunard’s memoir of her years as founder and publisher of The Hours Press.

Heir to a shipping fortune, Cunard played tennis with Hemingway, and received house calls from James Joyce; Wyndham Lewis, Aldous Huxley, Ezra Pound, and Louis Aragon were among her lovers; and William Carlos Williams kept a photograph of her in his study. Here, Cunard – a true patron to the avant-garde Paris community – reminisces about her short-lived but hugely influential publishing house, with chapters on her collaborations with George Moore, Norman Douglas, Richard Aldington, Robert Graves, Samuel Beckett, Ezra Pound, and Havelock Ellis, among others.

Edited and with a foreword by Hugh Ford, and featuring eleven full page illustrations.
 
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1999 - Jonathan Cape, London - First Edition
A fine copy with an original great big red ink cartoon drawing of Gordon Butcher on the half title page, and signed by Ralph Steadman.

The true story of a Suffolk ploughman, Gordon Butcher, who uncovered the greatest treasure ever found in the British Isles. It was Roman silver of unparalleled beauty and value and, not appreciating what he had discovered, Butcher was savagely cheated out of the fortune that should have been his.

 
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Annals of Scotland, from the Accession of Malcolm III, in the Year MLVII to the Accession of the House of Stewart in the Year MCCCLXXI. - Sir David Dalrymple of Hailes, Bart.

1819 - Archibald Constable & Co. and Fairbairn & Anderson., Edinburgh - Third Edition
Two volumes, encompassing Dalrymple’s greatest work, the third volume, which comprised of Dalrymple’s other historical writings is not included.

‘Lord Hailes's most important contribution to literature was the
Annals of Scotland, of which the first volume, From the accession of Malcolm III, surnamed Canmore, to the accession of Robert I, appeared in 1776, and the second, From the accession of Robert I, surnamed Bruce, to the accession of the house of Stewart, in 1779. It is, as his friend Dr Johnson justly described this work at the time of its appearance, a ‘Dictionary" of carefully sifted facts, which tells all that is wanted and all that is known, but without any laboured splendour of language or affected subtlety of conjecture’.’ 
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Two Years Before The Mast. A Personal Narrative of Life at Sea - Richard Henry Dana Jr., Edw. W. Wilson (illustrator)

1930 - The Lakeside Press, Chicago - Limited edition of 1, 000 copies
‘Dana had to withdraw from Harvard when measles weakened his eyesight; in order to regain his health; he shipped to California as a sailor in 1834. His book has become a classic account of the life and adventures of an ordinary seaman in the American merchant service, as well as the best account of the hide and tallow trade in California.’ Together with its clear picture of California in the years prior to the influx of American settlers in the 1840’s, Two Years Before The Mast is considered invaluable for its descriptions of San Diego, Santa Barbara and Monterey. ‘Dana later became U.S. attorney for the district of Massachusetts, was nominated to the Court of Saint James, and legally represented any negroes arrested in Boston pro-bono.’

A superb, and unopened copy. Designed by Alfred deSauty with stunning illustrations and cloth binding with gilt motifs designed by Edw. A. Wilson who was also provided the thirty seven coloured plates and in text illustrations.
 
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My Journey to Lhasa - Alexandra David-Neel

1927 - Harper & Brothers, New York and London - First Edition published simultaneously with the London Edition
A bright first edition in the scarce dust jacket, by the explorer, shamaness, and full-blown eccentric, Alexandra David-Neel, one of the most extraordinary pioneers of her generation. Illustrated throughout with photographs.

Mrs. David-Neel went to Lhasa simply because she was not allowed to, and because it was her spiritual home... this was the Frenchwoman’s justification for stealing through the winter plains and mountains of Tibet towards the sacred capital Lhasa in 1923.’ - Jane Robinson, Wayward Women.

Her expedition to the sacred city forced her over the mountains and through the harshest winter storms the Tibetan climate had to offer, before eventually managing to enter the city disguised as a male beggar. Accompanied throughout by her trusted sidekick, and eventually adopted son, Yongden, David-Neel covers every topic from spiritualism, geography, politics, to ‘how-to-guides’ on tasks such as temperature manipulation and levitation. An inspiration to many, and one of the most fascinating female travel writers of all time, David-Neel’s work is a testament to the power of determination and endurance.
 
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Out of Africa - Isak Dinesen

1938 - Random House, New York - First American Edition
I had a farm in Africa, at the foot of the Ngong Hills….

A stunning copy of what Truman Capote called ‘one of the most beautiful books of the 20th century’.

Karen Blixen’s poignant account of her life on a coffee plantation in Kenya, and the basis for the memorable film, starring Meryl Streep and Robert Redford.
 
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In the Land of Misfortune - Lady Florence Dixie

1882 - Richard Bentley and Son, London - First Edition
Illustrated with sixteen plates engraved from sketches by Major Fraser and Captain C. F. C. Beresford.

Born Lady Florence Douglas, sister to the 9th Marquess of Queensbury who endorsed the eponymous rules of boxing, Lady Dixie (1855-1905) packed in a varied career. In this book she recounts her adventures in Africa as the first official woman war correspondent, covering the aftermath of the Anglo-Zulu War and the First Boer War for the
Morning Post.

Prior to this she travelled to Patagonia and corrected Charles Darwin's contention in his Journal of Researches that the Tuco-tuco was nocturnal after observing it active during the daytime. Back in Britain she was a keen proponent of women's suffrage and women's association football, her crusades became increasingly bizarre with age (including a campaign for total parity of dress for men and women), so that
The Times in its obituary rather sadly concluding that Lady Florence Dixie would be best remembered as a ‘somewhat peculiar woman’. 
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